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Floods killed 455, affected five million: NDMA

Published Oct 17, 2012 08:58am


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The image shows a Pakistani village during the 2010 floods. — Photo by AP/File

ISLAMABAD: Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 455 people over the past five weeks and affected more than five million, according to the latest figures from the government's disaster relief agency.

Pakistan suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010 when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.

As in the previous two years, most of those hit by the latest floods were in Sindh province, where the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said more than three million have been affected, with 890,000 in Punjab and nearly a million in Balochistan.

More than 260,000 people around the country have sought shelter in relief camps since early September, though this figure is down from the 290,000 reported by NDMA two and a half weeks ago.

The data published by NDMA on Monday said more than 1.1 million acres of crops were affected by the floods.

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Naseem Ahmad Oct 17, 2012 09:05am
455 pakistani's died in recent flood and it was not headline story. Only if western media takes up an issue that our people wake up. What a sad situation.
Anwar Qureshi Oct 17, 2012 01:34pm
Its good to know the statistical data on floods and its affectees, but there is no mention of relief efforts and rehabilitation of the displaced persons. I believe its so as none is prepared to come to rescue of the corrupt govt functionaries and politicians alike. The worst disaster is going on in Karachi of target-killings and robberies in Punjab. NDMA should seriously ponder over these disasters + high cost of living and food insecurity.
raika45 Oct 17, 2012 09:25am
Floods occur in all parts of the world. That is a fact.How fast one is able to drain the stagnant waters is where it counts.Here is where Pakistan lags.It is all the question of drainage,drainage and drainage.